Feral cats and stray cats

Pure Breed Cat Or To Adopt? A feral cat is a domestic cat often called a stray cat. The main difference between stray cats and purebred cats is that feral cats don’t have owners like pure breed cats. Feral cats usually aren’t enough domesticated as they live outdoors and avoid contact with people, a difference with the stray cats who could have lived with humans for some period but somehow ended up on the street. If the stray cat lives long enough on the road by herself, she attempts to become the feral one.  In towns and inhabited places, people usually feed feral cats and stray cats, so we can say they are just partially socialized with the habit of getting food from many different human sources.

Stray cats adoption

Stray cats can be adopted, socialized and fed by a new owner who will provide the cat with the necessary care and healthcare. The best option is to adopt a feral or stray cat at the kitten age,  as they will get used to home life as any other breed of cat. A suggestion is that kittens should not be older than 4,5 months.  For older, an adaptation process and the socialization process may take a longer time. Some of them will not be wholly socialized and friendly. Finding a stray cat outside doesn’t mean you can read her history, traumas and all experiences. Maybe the situation is not so bad as the cat you see is just a cat who wanders away, ready to accept a new warm home.

When finding a stray kitten on the street, you should visit a local vet office as your kitten needs to be checked by professional procedure. The vet can verify if the kitten has some genetic or early life caused disease, prescribe you medicines, he can give you advice on how to clean your cat from potential parasites. Indeed, you will need to vaccinate your newfound kitten. Vaccination, preventive cleaning or getting a long life diagnosis for your kitten will improve and extend the kitten’s life.

Adoption costs for a feral or stray kitten

Stray cats seem to be unbound as no one is their owner except the natural world itself. Keep in mind that having a cat in the house is not a free hobby or part-time occupation. You will have the costs for vet’s review, cleaning the cat’s body from parasites and the costs for vaccinations. Also, you will have to buy a cat’s food and some elementary equipment as you are bringing a new being into the home. Costs will vary, depending on the current values of the cat’s care services and the options you will choose. Maybe you should contact a local animal shelter to get advice about where and how to take an optional first kitten health checkup.

Feral cats transformation

Feral cats are community cats as they live among the people in some communities but avoid direct human contact. Stray cats will attempt to make prolonged contact with people if they don’t have violent or abusive experiences. Don’t forget: every man doesn’t like a cat as he can influence some stray cat to become feral. And vice versa, if a man patiently works with the strayed or wild cat, the result can be fantastic – the grumpy and angry cat could transform into a cuddly and lovely cat. It isn’t proved that adopted feral or stray kittens show any sign of anti socialization. They can grow up in your home as adorable domestic cats.

Purebred cats

A purebred cat is a cat whose ancestry includes crossbreeding allowed in the breed standard or whose ancestors are all of the same controlled breeds. A purebred cat means that your cat has a list of ancestry called a pedigree. Pedigree is a list certified by the registry.

Many mixed-breed cats look like the pure breed. Usually, those cats have at least one purebred ancestor but not having a pedigree. Pedigree gives you the exact list of ancestors. Pedigree allows you to check many facts about the cat’s heritage so you can assume her look, health status and properties. Purebred cats are always socialized, as you can’t pick them until the socialization phase is over. When you buy purebred cats, you will get a cat processed by regular veterinarian checks, micro-chipped and vaccinated.

Is it too expensive to buy a purebred cat?

No, it’s not. It seems expensive if you look at the naked cat’s price. But when you put on paper all costs you will have when adopting the stray cat – yeah, it’s pretty expensive to adopt even a feral cat. Then you have to add a feeding cost for at least three months of cat’s care. A purebred cat you can take off only after the first socialization phase. Health care costs, food costs, vaccination and micro-chipping costs, costs of some equipment  – makes purebred cats not so expensive.

So Pure Breed Cat Or To Adopt?

Pros and cons – Pure Breed Cat Or To Adopt?

Regardless of the cat’s heritage or breed, we love them unconditionally.

Main pro about purebred cats:

You can choose a healthy cat with a specific character, fur color and pattern, with distinct activity level and playfulness.

Main con about purebred cats:  

more expensive in adoption faze comparing to stray cats adoption

Main pro about stray cats:

This cat usually chooses you

Main con about stray cats:

Cats can carry some diseases also the process of socialization can take a longer time.

Some cat breeds

Pure Breed Cat Or To Adopt

Here is a list of some cat breeds. Every breed differs from the other in outlook, behaviour and cat’s life habits.

Cats with average playfulness and low activity level:

Persian, Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair

Cats with average to high playfulness and moderate activity level:

Birman, British Shorthair, Calico, Chartreux, Cymric, Domestic Long Hair, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, Russian Blue,  Selkirk Rex

Cats with high playfulness level and average activity level:

American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Bombay, Burmilla, Havana, Maine Coon, Manx, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex,  Siberian,

Very playful and very active cats breeds:

Abyssinian cat, American Bobtail, American Curl, Balinese, Bengal, Burmese, Chausie, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Domestic Medium Hair, Domestic Shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Korat, LaPerm, Munchkin, Nebelung, Norwegian Forest Cat, Ocicat, Oriental Short cat, Pixiebob, Siamese, Singapura, Snowshoe, Somali, Sphynx, Tabby, Tonkinese, Tortoiseshell, Toyger, Turkish Angora, Turkish Van, Tuxedo, York Chocolate

As you can notice, cats are mostly very playful and active animals – if you want to adopt a low active animal – it is not a cat.

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